PENTAGON—United States Army announced that it will work with Microsoft on the production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) program as it moves from rapid prototyping to production and rapid fielding.
The IVAS headset, based on HoloLens and augmented by Microsoft Azure cloud services, delivers a platform that will keep Soldiers safer and make them more effective. The program delivers enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making in a variety of scenarios.
Microsoft has worked closely with the U.S. Army over the past two years, and together pioneered Soldier Centered Design to enable rapid prototyping for a product to provide Soldiers with the tools and capabilities necessary to achieve their mission.
Microsoft welcomes this new and innovative partnership with the U.S. Army, and are grateful for their continued trust in transitioning IVAS from rapid prototyping to rapid fielding. The firm announced they look forward to building on this successful partnership with the men and women of the U.S. Army Close Combat Force.
Reports by Bloomberg and CNBC point to an Army deal close to $22 billion in value.
Sources/photos: by Alex Kipman, Microsoft/BDPA-DC —Top/Cover photo: BDPA at the Microsoft Store, Pentagon City
LAS VEGAS, NV — CES® 2019 opened this week, unveiling the latest transformative technologies that will redefine industries.
LG Electronics President and CTO Dr. I.P. Park kicked off the first keynote of 2019 with ambitions to create a world of connected, intuitive AI-powered technologies that will seamlessly work in unison to deliver unparalleled customer experience in all areas of life.
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ President and CEO Gary Shapiro and CES Executive Vice President Karen Chupka launched Day 1 of CES 2019 along with IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty, sharing insights on how technology is significantly improving the way businesses operate and how people live.
Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg kept the opening day excitement going in the afternoon with a keynote exploring the impact of 5G on improving education, aiding first responders and more.
Beginning Sunday, BDPA Members, BDPA Student Members, bdpatodaystaffers, and Interns (above) arrived to attend Media Day events. CES Unveiled Las Vegas, which exclusively launched for the media Sunday night, previewed industry’s latest announcements with award-winning innovations arriving later in the week on convention floors at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and adjacent hotel exhibit halls.
Follow bdpatoday and PTTV (Popular Technology TV) throughout CES on the world’s largest technology stage via Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the latest.
Partner, embrace, and support local BDPA Chapter programs (BDPA.org) and BDPA youth technology summits (above) featuring 5G, AI, XR, data science, cyber, autonomous systems, and quantum computing projects with coding competitions or research papers.
SEATTLE, WA — For years there have been programs designed to get more girls involved in tech careers, but Microsoft noticed an urgent need to step up industry’s support for minority males. The ﬁrm’s MANCODE initiative is scoped as a one day technology conference that educates middle and high school minority males about technology.
According to Shy Averett, Microsoft’s community programs and event manager, only 2.2% of technology professionals are minority males. This type of workshop will “set them up” not only for careers in technology but for successful careers in general, she says. The boys also will learn how to set up resumes and a proper LinkedIn proﬁle. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in June of 2016.
This program launched on October 19th in Seattle at Microsoft’s headquarters, will stop in 12 cities across the United States through 2019. Next month, at least 80 locations will launch mini MANCODE classes for those who are interested.
For more than 40 years, National BDPA (NBDPA) Chapters in major U.S. cities have supported local youth coding programs with related computer technology projects. In 2019, BDPA activities for new student members and MANCODE participants are available with any or all of the following youth development programs through local BDPA Chapter memberships and participation.
• I.T. Showcase (research and development [R&D] with white papers)
• HSCC (High School Coding Competitions)
• Tablets For Teens (DC area only — create STEM apps with new tablets)
• Mobile App Showcase (develop new mobile and wireless device applications)
• #BDPACON19 (National coding competitions, scholarships, and showcase awards)
For BDPA’s 2019 events, parent, student, and chaperone memberships with BDPA (BDPA.org) are required to pre-register for above listed program participation. For additional information about BDPA and software development opportunities in 2019, coding competition programs, and career development activities across the National Capital Region, visit → BDPADC.org.
WASHINGTON — National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPADC.org) and Samsung Electronics America reached 40-year milestones in 2018. To that end, opportunities for new fifth-generation workforces powered by start-ups with innovative capability sets and 5G technologies could yield greater benefits for the tech industry.
Greater rewards are available for communities who understand Industry’s urgent need to embrace new processes and solutions across vertical markets such as transportation, health, manufacturing, and finance.
Industry Legends and ‘Hidden Figure$’ welcome America’s next generation of coders to community trade associations
WASHINGTON (bdpatoday) – This year’s annual Community & Technology Awards gala, co-hosted by the District of Columbia’s Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC), celebrated a 40-year milestone reached by National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC).
(L-R) Norman Mays, Founder, BDPA Washington with Carl Brown, Executive Director, DC SBDC.
Ceremonies were held at Howard University in the Armour J. Blackburn Center. DC SBDC is a co-operative program hosted by Howard University in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Dr. Marvin Carroll (center), President & CEO of Tec-Masters, Inc. and Howard University alumnus (BSEE ’58) greets new student members and BDPA-DC IT Showcase participants.
National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter Lifetime Achievement Awards
Ms. Andrea Roane, 2018 BDPA-DC Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Walter B. Sanderson, III, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
Victor S. Gavin, 2018 Community & Technology Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recipients (L-R) for 2018 are:
Retired WUSA-TV newswoman Andrea Roane, TEGNA
Walter B. Sanderson, III, Vice President, Human Resources, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Victor S. Gavin, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and retired SES, Department of the Navy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space (DASN C4I/IO/Space)
BDPA Washington, D.C. President’s Awards Recipients (L-R) for 2018 are:
Jaquan Thorne, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
Sonya Davis, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
Eugene Neal, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
Robert M. Stewart, H.O.P.E. Project DMV
BDPA Washington, D.C. Community & Technology Awards
Recipients (above left to right) for 2018 are:
2018 President’s Award for Community Service
Maurita Coley Flippin, Esq.
President & CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
2018 Entrepreneur of the Year
President & CEO, R&K Cyber Solutions LLC and Founder of Lenvio, Inc.
2018 Industry Sponsor of the Year General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT)
CEO’s and graduates from the Department of Defense’s Mentor Protégé Program attended to support new student members, Interns from the National Capital Region, and welcome Jr. Developers into industry’s next generation. The Honorary Chairman for this year’s special event was Antwanye Ford (left), President & CEO of Enlightened, Inc. an award-winning, HUBZone certified, Information Technology (IT) and Management Consulting firm.
Dr. Margaret Wood (right), President & CEO of WOOD Consulting Services, Inc., an award-winning Inc. 5000 Government Services firm, provided the gala’s Welcome Keynote address from Industry. Tec-Masters, Inc., Dr. Marvin Carroll, President & CEO and Howard University alumnus (BSEE ’58), sponsored the Award Gala’s Industry reception.
Author and award-winning journalist Jesse J. Holland, who wrote “The Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” commissioned by Marvel Entertainment for the hit film, was the association’s Industry Keynote Speaker for the 40th Anniversary Community & Technology Awards Gala. Gala attendees received autograph copies of his best-selling book.
Holland (left, with BDPA-DC Founder Norman Mays) also is the author of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story” and “The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House”; the latter was honored at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and by Smithsonian.com. He is also a race and ethnicity writer for The Associated Press as well as a former White House, Supreme Court, and congressional reporter.
Nationally, BDPA is one of the largest technology-inclusion community trade associations featuring data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, and STEM professionals. National BDPA’s Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPADC) was Chartered in 1978 in the District of Columbia. BDPADC supports National BDPA’s mission, provides community advocacy in support of legislative affairs, and publishes bdpatoday (ISSN 1946-1429) for local BDPA Chapters, regional STEM organizations, and global mission-partners.
For more information about National BDPA, community programs across the nation’s 40 BDPA chapters, and career development activities within the National Capital Region, visit → BDPADC.org.
(L-R) Keith Scott, BDPA-DC Cyber Programs; Perry Carter, bdpatoday; Kia Silver-Hodge, BDPA-DC Corporate Relations Executive; and Jesse J. Holland, Award-winning journalist, Marvel’s author of “Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?” and Keynote Presenter.
Enid Doggett, INSPR Media and Kia Silver-Hodge, BDPA Washington
Evan J. Carter, Patricia McDougall, and Catherine Williamson
Join Mission-Partners and BDPA Members during BDPA-DC’s Holiday Soirée at Samsung, Saturday, December 8, 2018. In 2018, Samsung Electronics America and BDPA Washington reached 40-year milestones. Mr. Terry Halvorsen, EVP and CIO of the mobile IT and mobile B2B group at Samsung Electronics America and BDPA-DC’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, will keynote this year’s 40th Anniversary event!
MENLO PARK, CA —Last year, Oculus helped launch the world’s first VR esports league, including the first ever Echo Arena North American Regionals at OC4 and a global livestream of the Finals from IEM Katowice. Oculus announced this week a brand-new look and expanded lineup for VR League—and the kick-off of Season 2 with ESL!
VR League Season 2 features a prize pool in excess of $220,000 USD, a more flexible tournament system, and up to seven participating titles in the five-month competitive period—all leading up to the climactic grand finale at Oculus Connect 5!
Oculus hit the ground running on May 18, with a month of competitive urban spell-casting in The Unspoken, followed by a month of fast-paced parkour racing in Sprint Vector beginning June 4. An additional two titles with prized competition will be unveiled on ESL Play during the months of July and August, plus additional action as three new games make their first foray into esports.
Echo Arena returns on May 20 with the start of a four-week competition. Last year, this fast-paced zero-g title brought out 258 players across 98 teams worldwide, and we’re excited to build upon that initial success as we continue to grow the community. Later this year, we’ll partner with Ready At Dawn to bring Echo Combat to VR League with a ladder-style competition of its own.
“Oculus is committed to fostering long-term growth of the VR esports ecosystem, and Season 2—with its new format and additional games—is an amazing next step on this exciting journey,” says Oculus Head of Esports, Christopher K. McKelvy.
To that end, VR League will also support VR Master League and the grassroots community that’s developed around Dante Buckley’s mil-sim success story with an Onward Invitational event from June 16 – 17. One of three live events to be held at the ESL UK Studios, the Onward Invitational will also benefit Stack Up, a charity that supports US and Allied veterans through gaming.
VR esports represent an exciting and promising area of growth for both the VR industry and the community it supports, and we’re proud to partner with ESL to help change the game. Visit vr.eslgaming.com for more information, and follow VR League on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
BALTIMORE, MD—For this semester’s Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series, Morgan State University is hosting a moderated panel discussion followed by questions and answers with Facebook’s Maxine Williams and Google’s Yolanda Mangolini.
The Presidential Distinguished Speaker Series was developed to bring the nation’s leading thought leaders from various professional fields of study to Morgan State University. The Series is in keeping with Morgan’s mission of serving as a leading academic resource by providing a platform for thoughtful and provocative discussions that explore the best ideas on issues that are pertinent to our students, our community, and our nation. The lectures will offer the opportunity for Q & A with the featured speakers.
Maxine Williams is the Global Director of Diversity at Facebook. In this role, she and a team of Diversity and Inclusions specialists develop strategies to attract, retain and support the growth of underrepresented people at the company. Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity-different ways of thinking based on people having different backgrounds, experiences and information-of all teams across Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm. Maxine graduated from Yale University before receiving her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has worked as an attorney in criminal, civil and industrial courts in both her native Trinidad and in the U.K. at the Privy Council. She has worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a parallel career as a broadcast journalist and on-air presenter. Maxine is a director on the board of the Massy Group of Companies.
Yolanda Mangolini joined Google in 2006. She currently leads Google’s global Diversity & Inclusion function. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Mangolini was Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy in the Consumer Operations division of Wells Fargo’s Consumer Credit Group. In her role, she acted as the senior strategic advisor for the 1,400 person Servicing Operations business which included Loan Servicing, Customer Service, Collections and Fraud. Her primary responsibilities included managing both the Strategic Planning function for the Servicing business, as well as the Service Quality and Intranet teams.
Ms. Mangolini also worked as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group in New York where she worked in a wide variety of industries including Retail, High Tech, and Financial Services, and across a broad spectrum of products (including brand strategy, shareholder value management and asset productivity). While at BCG, Yolanda’s case work focused on developing e-commerce, new market entry and organizational effectiveness strategies for companies in the Financial Services and Retail industries.
Before beginning graduate school, she spent two years as a Financial Analyst in the Media, Telecommunications, & Transportation group of Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division.
Ms. Mangolini holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from Villanova University’s Honors/Economics program, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Rift SDK 1.0 Shipping to Developers with Final Rift Hardware
If Virtual Reality (VR) developers are shipping a Rift title in 1Q16 (first quarter, 2016), they will need early access to Rift hardware and new platform features to finalize games or applications. The Rift SDK 1.0 and runtime include features tied to the consumer product, so Oculus has currently limited the release to developers putting final touches on launch titles.
If planning a launch title and don’t yet have hardware, developers can now upload a preview of their apps through the Oculus submission tool, and Oculus will be in touch with next steps.
Oculus is shipping more Rift hardware out to developers every week in the run up to launch. In the meantime, DK2 and SDK 0.8 continue to be the right platform for early Rift development — one only needs SDK 1.0 if development teams are imminently shipping.
New customers and Industry are anxiously looking forward to seeing new VR experiences on Rift when it launches in Q1!